The Joan Collins Superstar Collection: (The Girl in the Red Velvet Swing / Rally 'Round the Flag, Boys! / The Sea Wife / Seven Thieves / Stopover Tokyo)
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Disc 1: **Girl in the Red Velvet Swing '55 Feature **Audio Commentary with Film Noir Historian TBD **Meet Mary Anderson **Noir Poster Art **Still Gallery **Interactive Pressbook Gallery **Theatrical Trailer
**Fox Noir: *Daisy Kenyon *Black Widow *Fourteen Hours *House of Strangers
Disc 2: **Rally 'Round the Flag Boys '58 Feature **Restoration Comparison **Theatrical Trailer **Still Gallery
Disc 3: **Sea Wife '57 Feature **Restoration Comparison **Theatrical Trailer **Still Gallery
Disc 4: **Seven Thieves Feature **Restoration Comparison **Theatrical Trailer **Still Gallery
Disc 5: **Stopover Tokyo '57 Feature **Restoration Comparison **Theatrical Trailer **Still Gallery
Joan Collins defined the "Greed is Good" decade as Alexis Carrington on Dynasty, and became a pop culture icon in the process. This eye-opening boxed set recalls her formative years as a contract player for Fox studios. Movie superstardom eluded Motion Picture Magazine's Most Promising New Star of 1957, but these five films show her to mostly excellent advantage. Three are enormously entertaining, one is a guilty pleasure, and, in Stopover Tokyo (1957), a tepid Cold War drama costarring Robert Wagner, she seems to be channeling Elizabeth Taylor. The Girl in the Red Velvet Swing (1955) offers Collins one of her juiciest roles as Evelyn Nesbit, the wide-eyed chorus girl at the center of the real-life crime of the turn of the century, the murder of her married lover, architect Stanford White (Ray Milland) by Nesbit's unstable husband, Henry K. Thaw (Farley Granger). Another sure bet is Seven Thieves, with Collins holding her own opposite Edward G. Robinson, Rod Steiger and Eli Wallach as a "mantrap" with a seductive role in the $4 million heist of a Monte Carlo casino. The suburban sex farce Rally 'Round the Flag, Boys (1958) is dated, but naughty good fun, with an intoxicating Collins as a bored housewife with designs on neglected husband Paul Newman. Sea Wife (1957) stars Richard Burton at his brooding best as a man desperately seeking to reunite with the woman with whom he was once shipwrecked on an island. Little does he know that she is a nun. Collins is a bit at sea herself in this film's more melodramatic moments, but there are tantalizing glimpses throughout this collection of the prime time diva to come, as in the The Girl in the Red Velvet Swing when a cooly contemptuous Nesbit finally stands up to Thaw's family, or in Rally 'Round the Flag, Boys, when she surprises Newman' in his hotel room, just as his own wife (Joanne Woodward) arrives unannounced at his door. --Donald Liebenson
- Disc 1:
- Girl in the Red Velvet Swing '55 Feature
- Audio Commentary with Film Noir Historian TBD
- Meet Mary Anderson
- Noir Poster Art
- Still Gallery
- Interactive Pressbook Gallery
- Theatrical Trailer
- Disc 2:
- Rally 'Round the Flag Boys '58 Feature
- Restoration Comparison
- Disc 3:
- Sea Wife '57 Feature
- Disc 4:
- Seven Thieves Feature
- Disc 5:
- Stopover Tokyo '57 FeatureRestoration Comparison
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THE GIRL IN THE RED VELVET SWING (1955). In a role originally meant for Marilyn Monroe, Joan Collins shines as Evelyn Nesbit, the young showgirl who became attached to the scandalous Thaw/White murder trial. Co-starring Farley Granger and Ray Milland.
RALLY 'ROUND THE FLAG BOYS! (1958). Once again, Joan fills a role that was originally intended for another resident studio bombshell, Jayne Mansfield. This briskly-paced romantic comedy stars Joanne Woodward and Paul Newman as a feuding married couple with Collins as the sexpot neighbour.
SEA WIFE (1957). In this evocative melodrama, Collins plays a nun caught up in a terrifying adventure at sea...and contemplating an illicit romance with Richard Burton. Very reminiscent of "Heaven Knows, Mr Allison" (with Deborah Kerr and Robert Mitchum).
SEVEN THIEVES (1960). Sexy and stylish heist thriller with Edward G. Robinson, Eli Wallach and Rod Steiger. Collins provides the all-important eye-candy.
STOPOVER TOKYO (1957). A tension-fueled espionage thriller with contract players Robert Wagner and Joan Collins in full flight. Some great supporting performances from Edmond O'Brien and Ken Scott.
Each DVD comes packed with informative extra features. THE GIRL IN THE RED VELVET SWING has a featurette entitled "From Ingenue to Icon" which explores Collins' career through the five movies contained in this set. STOPOVER TOKYO also has a fun clip show called "Hollywood Highlights". Scene-specific audio commentary is provided for each movie by Aubrey Solomon.
A great value box set, perfect for classic movie collectors and fans of the magical Miss Joan!
I highly recommend this movie to anyone!
Fox has given the films the "red velvet" treatment, and this is a lovely treat for fans. The interesting collection of films, especially the black and white caper "Seven Thieves" which I don't think has been released before, all look great. They are also beautifully presented with terrific artwork and lobby cards for each film.
It would have been great if "The Wayward Bus" or "Island in the Sun" were included, and it would also have been good if, for posterity's sake, Collins herself (who is, after all, still very much alive!) had been involved in some of the commentaries or even appeared in the nice little featurette about her Fox film career that is included on the disc of her breakout film "The Girl in The Red Velvet Swing", but I suppose these are small gripes.
Snap up this great little collection today.
The extras are not very inspiring, though the trailers are worth seeing for the hyperbole.
A good package all in all